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This intriguing, influential work of literature - an outstanding way to experience Zen - is now available in audio.

It is almost impossible to understand Zen by studying it as you would other intellectual pursuits. The best way to understand Zen is, simply, to Zen. This is what author Eugen Herrigel allows us to do by sharing his own fascinating journey toward a comprehension of this illuminating philosophy.

In Japan, an art such as archery is not practiced solely for utilitarian purposes such as learning to hit targets. Archery is also meant to train the mind and bring it into contact with the ultimate reality. If one really wishes to be master of an art, technical knowledge of it is not enough. One has to transcend technique so that the art becomes an “artless art” growing out of the unconsciousness. In this way, as the author simply, clearly demonstrates, archery becomes a path to greater understanding and enlightenment.

©1971 Eugen Herrigel (P)2005 Macmillan Audio

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uniquely powerful.

Not just one of the greatest books on Zen but also one of the easiest to understand. The Insights in this book transcend all art forms to express something of the deeper truth in the heart of us all.

After this you should also read Zen Mind Beginners Mind... a deeper exploration of Zen philosophy.

The performance however, doesn't quite capture the nuance of the writen word, esp when it comes to the dialogue of the teacher. That's not a deal breaker though, just remember to listen through the voice.

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Why was I even listening to this

Performance: Mostly OK, but frankly, depiction of the master’s voice is borderline racist. The book itself: This book won’t teach you how to do archery. It also won’t teach you how to gain the state of zen. It’s only mildly relevant if you’re already doing archery and have already experienced zen in some ways. Either way, the book is rather pointless. I would skip.

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A lesson in Zen...

This audiobook is a spiritual memoir with a lot of deep Zen practices and plants the seeds of thought. I liked the narration and his tempered pace. Listening to this audiobook reminded me of guided meditation and I found it very easy listening, if not a tad short. Overall, loved it.

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  • Peter S.
  • 02-04-2018

Terrific!

This short listen is priceless. I will listen to it again & again. Serve & Be Served.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-2013

Wonderful !

Would you listen to Zen in the Art of Archery again? Why?

This book was a wonderful listen for me. The performance was wonderful and if you are walking and listening to this book (not in a hurry) it slowly becomes your companion and a powerful, caring teacher.
Enjoy!

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  • laurie
  • 15-05-2020

Valuable as a photographer, and human

I’m no archer. I make photos, for myself and for a living. In recent years I’ve been more intentional with my study, which has improved in many ways my photography. However, I have felt myself become more stuttered, hesitant, exacting in my techniques. Recently I’ve sought to let go, to care less. So it was fortunate that this book was recommended by a photographer whom I admire—Joel Meyerowitz. I think I should listen two or three or many more times to this. But already I feel myself changing, snapping away without fear and hesitation more, though not always. May it help you find your innocence in whatever you endeavor.

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  • M. T. P.
  • 12-09-2019

It is a good introduction to Zen.

I got interested in this book by reading about the photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, that considered this text to be the ultimate book for taking photos. I do disagree with him, it is not just for the camera savvy user, but to all kind of persons willing to get into “the zone” (where we maximize our performance). And how to get there. It does not tell you how, but gives you several clues. It is just the first step on a long inner trip.

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  • Alexander
  • 11-05-2019

Amazing book on art!

This is a book for all artists of all kind. Just replace the word archery with name of your art and replace bow and arrow with what you use to express yourself.

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  • red
  • 04-12-2020

easy listen

More insightful than I expected it to be. The reader is very clear. I will be giving this further listening.

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  • Jim
  • 08-10-2020

Helpful Zen Guide

Excellent articulation of zen mindfulness and it's application to one's goals. A good introductory lesson.

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  • Fernando Ibaven
  • 03-09-2020

Good ideas of the Zen

Ritual Breathe Don't THINK Just Do it Good story about permotting focussing Interesting points about a small Part of Japan

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-03-2020

well narrated

A classic and very well performed. simple to listen and an novel to the mind.

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  • Russell Osborne
  • 28-01-2020

Short and dense

I think I’ll need to listen this this a few times to understand better how to apply it to my life, but basically I know that I need to trust the tools and routines in my life that will serve me.

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  • kevin
  • 18-06-2015

The best

This is what you were looking for.
No need to look further you found it.

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  • MR R D STONE
  • 29-10-2020

What a load of rubbish

A Waste of money and time. talks in riddles and just a load of jibberish

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-2020

Interesting but very short.

I enjoyed the book but suddenly it just ended. At first I thought there was something wrong, maybe just the end of the chapter, but no. It ends just as ju want it go keep going. It is probably the shortest book I have ever come across and that made me very disapointed. I would give it 4 stars if it was 5 times as long. But now I can only give it 2.

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  • Benjamin C. Grimwood
  • 02-08-2020

Astounding

The narrator was perfect for this book. The way this subject was approached was superb

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  • leigh hadfield
  • 16-12-2019

Easy listen and interesting

As an established archer i found it exceptionally interesting to hear the views and experiences of this particular author.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-07-2018

such an eye opener

such a good book. i listen to quite a lot of books and this one has to be in my top 3 for the year. wonderful

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